Fantasy Hockey: Weekly Strength of Schedule and Streaming Targets — Week 20

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      Identifying the players with four games each week and filling your roster with those players can increase your chances of winning your fantasy hockey matchup. That’s why our Weekly Schedule tool is so helpful!

      I took that weekly schedule and combined it with a Team Defense Score I created using key defensive metrics to find which teams/skaters have the easiest schedule this week.

      Week 20 – Strength of Schedule

      Week 20 Streaming Targets

      • SOS = Strength of Schedule Rank (1 good, 32 bad)
      • Light = No. of games on Lighter days (Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun)
      • DR = Defensive Ranking (1st = Best Defensive Team, 32nd = Worst Defensive Team)

      Detroit Red Wings (SOS: #1 | Light: #2)

      The Red Wings have a rare five-game week, so they are a team to target if you are trying to maximize your schedule this week. The matchups (OTT x2, SEA, NYI, PHI) could be a little better, but they have five games nonetheless. Maybe even more importantly, the Red Wings are playing their best hockey of the season, having won seven of their last nine while averaging 3.6 goals per game.

      • David Perron (RW) – 47% Rostered

      Perron is on a horrible goal drought, having not scored since January 17th (15 games). However, he’s picked up seven assists and 31 shots (2.1 SOG/gm), so you’d think he’s due for a goal soon. He’ll have plenty of opportunities this week, skating on the top line and the top power-play unit while the Red Wings have five games in seven days.

      • Lucas Raymond (RW) – 40% Rostered

      It looks like Raymond will return to the Red Wings lineup on Monday on a line with Andrew Copp and Robby Fabbri. Prior to getting injured, Raymond had just one assist in his last five games. However, he had 16 points (8G / 8A) in the 16 games prior to that, so he’s certainly one of the top streaming targets this week.

      • Tyler Bertuzzi (LW/RW) – 28% Rostered

      Bertuzzi’s name has been floating around in trade rumours for a while now, but he remains a Red Wing as of now. The power-forward has played well in February, picking up eight points (2G / 6A) and 22 shots on goal (2.2 SOG/gm) in 10 games. He’s been tied at the hip with Dylan Larkin, so expect him to remain on the top line and top power-play unit this week.

      • Robby Fabbri (LW/RW) – 15% Rostered

      Fabbri was the hot hand in Detroit two weeks ago but cooled off last week. Still, he has nine points (3G / 6A) in his last eight games, but his shot volume is not good. He’s averaging under one SOG/gm during that span and just 1.3 SOG/gm this season. He’s the worst of the four Red Wings options.

      Dallas Stars (SOS: #2 | Light: 2)

      The Stars have an outstanding schedule to start the week, Playing VAN, ARI, and CHI. You could stream a Stars forward for those three games and make a swap for a player who plays Friday and Sunday to maximize your pickups this week.

      • Tyler Seguin (C/RW) – 51% Rostered

      Since opening up the season with 18 points (4G / 14A) in 21 games, Seguin has just 18 points (11G / 7A) in his last 38 games. The Stars went out and got Evgenii Dadonov on Sunday, and he could help spark the Stars’ middle-6. Seguin’s shot volume remains very strong, making him a solid streaming candidate when the Stars have an attractive schedule, as they do this week. He’s averaging 3.0 SOG/gm in 24 games since Christmas.

      • Wyatt Johnston (C) – 2% Rostered

      Johnston is just scratching the surface of what he’s going to become in the NHL, and all things considered, it’s been a really solid rookie season. He’s picked up seven points (3G / 7A) in his last 13 games, and his shot volume has been on the rise (2.2 SOG/gm) lately as well. He’s got a significant role, centring a line with Jamie Benn and playing around 16-18 minutes per

      • Evgenii Dadonov (LW/RW) – 1% Rostered

      It seems likely that Dadonov will slot in on a line with Seguin and Mason Marchment. They’ve been a solid duo this season, averaging 2.8 xGF/60 and 30.9 SCF/60, so Dadonov could be productive right away. He had 43 points (20G / 23A) in 78 games under Pete DeBoer a season ago, so he’s a deep-league fantasy target if he makes his Stars debut on Monday.

      Montreal Canadiens (SOS: #4 | Light: 2)

      The Canadiens are a one-line team, luckily, all three of those players are available in at least 45% of leagues, 90% for two of the three. A California road trip means meetings with the Sharks and Ducks this week.

      • Nick Suzuki (C) – 55% Rostered

      The Canadiens are extremely banged up, but their top line of Harvey-Pinard – Suzuki – Anderson has been outstanding. The trio has averaged 4.0 xGF/60, 34.2 SCF/60 and 18.8 HDCF/60 across 101:54 5v5 TOI. If they can maintain those rates, all three could have a big week on the west coast. Suzuki comes in with eight points (4G / 4A) in nine games, averaging 2.7 SOG/gm.

      • Rafael Harvey-Pinard (LW) – 10% Rostered

      Harvey-Pinard has been a revelation for the Canadiens this season. The 2019 seventh-round pick had 25 points (15G / 10A) in 37 AHL games before being called up to Montreal in mid-January. He’s scored seven goals with four assists (11 points) in his last 13 games. He’s shot 36.8% over that stretch, so don’t expect the goal-scoring numbers to continue long-term, but he’s a solid short-term option while the Habs have a manageable schedule and their top-line is carrying terrific underlying metrics.

      • Josh Anderson (RW) – 8% Rostered

      Anderson has the best shot volume of the trio, firing 3.1 SOG/gm in his last 15 games. His production has been solid, scoring six goals with three assists (nine points) during that time.

      Anaheim Ducks (SOS: #9 | Light: 3)

      The Ducks play Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, so you’ll be able to get their players into your lineup all three nights. You can move on from them to a weekend streamer afterwards.

      • Troy Terry (RW) – 55% Rostered

      Terry returned to the Ducks lineup last Thursday and has scored in both games since. Dating back to before he got hurt, Terry has 11 points (3G / 8A) in his last 11 games. The 25-year-old has proven that 2022 was no fluke, posting 44 points (15G / 29A) in 53 games this season.

      • Mason McTavish (C/LW) – 14% Rostered

      It appeared McTavish was ready to catch fire for the second half, but he’s cooled right off, going pointless in his last three games. Still, he’s playing top-6 minutes and sees PP1 usage on a team that’s offence has been improving in the last month.

      Vegas Golden Knights (SOS: #10 | Light: 4)

      The Golden Knights have the perfect streaming schedule this week, playing Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. Their opponents aren’t ideal, COL, CAR, NJD, and MTL but you know you’ll have them for all four games.

      • Reilly Smith (LW/RW) – 44% Rostered

      Like Perron in Detroit, the goals have dried up for Smith, who has just one goal in his last 20 games. He’s shot 2.1% on 47 shots, so he’s due for some positive regression in the near future. His shot volume provides Smith with a sturdy floor as a streamer and his upside is solid if he can start to find the back of the net again.

      • Ivan Barbashev (C/LW) – 20% Rostered

      Barbashev was acquired from the Blues on Sunday and could make his Golden Knights debut as soon as Monday. It’s unclear where he’ll slot into the lineup, but there’s a pretty good chance he ends up with Jack Eichel and Jonathan Marchessault. Barbashev is a talented offensive player, that could take advantage of that spot in the lineup. Over the last two seasons, he’s averaged 21 goals and 31 assists (52 points) per 82 games, so he could be a streaming target that develops into more of a long-term target if he fits in with the Golden Knights right away.

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